This year Corto Jabali received his BA in product design from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Before he left he created Gazabrick, which he said could help Gazans rebuild after the 2014 bombing of the Gaza Strip left many buildings in ruins.
Jabali, a third generation Palestinian, said he is disassociated from the problems present Palestinians face on a daily basis, but he wanted to use his skills as a designer to help alleviate some of the humanitarian issues that continue during the conflict.
DesignBoom, in an article on the project, said an ongoing embargo has slowed rebuilding efforts in Gaza. With this in mind, Jabali created a workaround with his project.
“Through my research I discovered a material called geopolymer cement, which can be produced with readily available materials: natron salt, wood ash and kaolin. These materials are either accessible in Gaza or have not been banned by Israel’s embargo, making it possible to source or import what is necessary to produce the brick locally.”
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